Not too often you can get all this neatness in one location July 06, 2022

By (Arabic, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/28/0022 to 05/18/0022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Vastly improved all aspects of my Arabic. Improved cultural fluency. More even keeled now. It was worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family (Nariman and Essam) was the best part of an otherwise excellent program

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I didn’t fully realize this at the time, but Middlebury does insulate from the local community to a decent extent. Even outside of the American bubble, so many of our social experiences are curated or vetted by midd (mentors, host families, cultural events or trips etc.) This is not wholly a bad thing, but the Jordanians we interacted with, for the most part, were well accustomed to living or interacting with Americans which smooths a lot of the cultural frictions that can arise out. I’m living in Aqaba now for the summer doing a divemaster internship here and I’ve had far more “critical incidents”, to use Kerstin’s nomenclature, in a month here than I had on the entire program in Amman. I will say, I also felt a lot more supported and generally more comfortable on the program than I do now so I think where the programs at is a reasonable compromise.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I thought COVID was reasonably handled on the program though I wish that there was testing provided for and through the program as we receive on our home campuses.

* Safety:

Amman felt incredibly safe to me, though I am also a man and I think that makes a huge a difference. If you are a dude here, look out for the women on the program- not in a paternalistic sense, just being the last one to get dropped off in a taxi, waiting outside with them for Ubers, walking with them places if they’d like that sort of thing

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Well it’s this or Morocco and frankly I think I would’ve been happy with either. I think the Jordanian dialects easier though


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get lucky so you’re housing is close enough to the university to walk and then do so everyday the whole time. Also figure out the public transportation- the public bus is decent on main routes, and the coasters work well if you just talk to the driver


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Adhere to the language pledge except at the expense of your mental health. I don’t think that much is gained on the margins while there is a huge mental health to relaxing at the edges every now and then. That being said, if you think that you will struggle to manage that balance and have sort of an all or nothing deal with it, and care about improving in the language a lot, then I’d stick with it more religiously.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host family
  • Camaraderie with other students
  • Mentors and professors
* What could be improved?
  • Nadia’s job seemed impossibly large and led to some things not being communicated clearly or getting arranged
  • The workload got much better over course of semester but it could have started that way I suppose
  • This relates to the first point, but starting language partners sooner
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn’t actually know any amiya, I just spoke fusha without case markers

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

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Course Department:
Instructor: Areej
Instruction Language: Arabic
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Course Department:
Instructor: Khetam
Instruction Language: Arabic
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Course Department:
Instructor: Nadia
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Course Department:
Instructor: Peter
Instruction Language: Arabic
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